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Streets closed for city repairs in B-N

Virginia Avenue between Linden Street and Broadway in Normal will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily today through Friday.  This is for the redecking of Camelback Bridge. The bridge will reopen each evening.

Livingston Street between Walnut and Blackstone streets in Bloomington will be closed to through traffic today for water service repairs.

Water main repair work will close Fell Avenue at Hovey Avenue inNormal, beginning today. The street will be closed until the water main and street repairs are completed.

Bloomington zoo gets snow leopard

BLOOMINGTON — The Miller Park Zoo has acquired a male snow leopard for exhibit. The animal is part of Miller Park Zoo’s conservation efforts via the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan.

“Rilu” will mark his first birthday this month. He arrived in Bloomington from the Oklahoma City Zoo in late March and zookeepers have been working to make him comfortable prior to moving him to exhibit. The snow leopard will be exhibited inside the Katthoefer Animal Building.

The snow leopard is an endangered species with a captive population of about 150 animals at 60 institutions throughout North America. Visitors will have an opportunity to contribute to the zoo’s conservation fund. The first $500 raised will go to the Snow Leopard Trust.

Snow leopards are medium sized cats, weighing from 60 to 120 pounds. They are native to mountainous regions in Central Asia and extending from Afghanistan to China.

Goodfield OKs police contract

GOODFIELD – The Goodfield Village Board recently renewed its contract with Deer Creek to provide police protection at a cost of $58,800, up 2.9 percent from the previous year. The cost equals $4,900 per month.

A report filed by Assistant Police Chief Thomas Chambers for March showed the department made 97 traffic stops in February in Deer Creek and Goodfield. Seventy-five calls were handled during February.

The also board approved $32,100 in street seal coating work for 2011. The work includes: Deer Lakes Road from Martin Drive to the dam, $18,000; DMI Road, $5,325; Birkey Street, Robinson to Gail, $1,545, Fisk to Robinson, $1,775, and U.S. 150 to Fisk, $2,125.

An annexation agreement for Vermeer Sales and Service of Central Illinois was also approved. It will be on about 11 acres on the south side of Interstate 74, just east of Illinois 117.

The company is relocating its construction equipment sales and service from a site east of Eureka.

Square dance fest this weekend

NORMAL — The Illinois Federation of Square & Round Dance Clubs will host its 60th annual May Festival beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sugar Creek Elementary School in Normal.

The all-day event, hosted by The Twin City Twirlers, will feature caller Herschel Tolson and cuer Mike and Toni Auriene at 7 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend any of the day’s events, but only pre-registered dancers may participate. To register for the festival, visit

For information, call 309-661-9363.

Museum to host Jackson as speaker

BLOOMINGTON — In honor of National Preservation Month, the McLean County Museum of History will host Mike Jackson of the American Institute of Architects and acting director of the Preservation Services Division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Association at 7 p.m. May 10 in the Gov. Fifer courtroom. The program will examine the shared goals of both preservation and green design.

Jackson is a visiting professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Columbia University in New York.

This program is held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, “A Passion for Detail: The Architecture of A.L. Pillsbury.”

For information call 309-827-0428.


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